"For who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?  
But we have the mind of Christ.  (I Corinthians 2:16)

How Do I Renew My Mind?

In my walk with God, there have been many times when revelation suddenly dropped into my spirit, with such enlightenment that it literally changed the course of my life. The truth that was revealed would saturate every fiber of my being, so that I could instantly walk in its assurance without even thinking, because it had become such an integral part of me.

I thought this could only happen as a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, until God showed me that I could deliberately cause the principles in His Word to become revelation anytime I wanted, with the same results. So I went on an all out search to learn how to bring a principle of the Word from my intellect (as read in the Word) into my spirit. This is what is known in the Word as "renewing the mind." My search resulted in this study.

"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." (Ephesians 4:23-24)

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2)

The word "mind" in these scriptures refers to our new nature, which is created or brought forth by God's almighty power at the new birth. This new nature empowers a man to live a new life of purity and holiness. To "renew" means to make new or to restore.

There are several ways to renew the mind:

bulletThrough meditation.

To meditate is to reflect on or contemplate at length. When I meditate on a verse of scripture, I often make a huge sign and tape it where I will see it readily (I have even taped scripture to the ceiling above my bed). I then roll it around in my head, looking at it, reading it, speaking it over and over, and pulling every word apart and studying it. As I wait on God, He gives me the nuggets of riches in the verse. Before long, when I least expect it, it drops into my spirit. From that moment on, I walk in the truth of that word.

bulletThrough impartation.

Impartation means to grant a share of or to transport. This seemingly requires no effort on our part–only to receive.

Impartation from Man: An example of this principle is when an anointed servant of God transfers a gift he operates in by the laying on of hands. What may not be evident to us is the deep surrender in our lives, and the waiting on the Lord prior to the impartation. I do not believe God grants such an honor unless there is a specific purpose from God upon the person receiving the impartation. A clear example is found in II Kings 2:9: "And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me." (II Kings 2:9)

Impartation from God: This is when God himself reveals truth directly to your heart. An example of this principle is expressed in my first paragraph.

In addition to meditation and impartation, the Lord can also use our emotions, our experiences, and our worship to renew our mind.

For example, during a moving worship service, when my heart is touched by the Holy Spirit and my emotions are deeply stirred, tears run through my face and my heart is wide open to receive. The more intensity I allow into my worship, the deeper the Word that is preached is received by my spirit. It has been scientifically proven that there is an exchange between the spirit world and the physical world at times of deep emotional trauma (such as sudden fear, intense anger, deep loss, etc.). We can use this for our benefit. When someone cuts me off on the highway and fear grips my heart, I speak the Word over myself. I quote "God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind." (II Timothy 1:7)  It goes directly into my spirit.

A major aid in renewing the mind is praying in the Holy Spirit for personal edification. "For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries." (I Corinthians 14:2). These mysteries are hidden revelation (Daniel 2:28). When I speak in tongues, the Holy Spirit of God speaks hidden revelation to my spirit, depositing pockets of truth within me. Those pockets burst forth at times determined by the Father, releasing truths that revolutionize my entire being.

Major hindrances to renewing our mind are belief systems opposed to the truth of God’s word. A belief system is something I secretly tell myself, things that my inner voice says to me. For instance, no matter how much I meditate, I cannot walk in the truth "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," if my belief system is "I am a failure, I can never do anything right." I must first renounce the false belief system so that my spirit can accept the new belief system from the Word.

Renewing my mind requires desire and effort. However, the effort involved is nothing compared to the vast riches of revelation that are accessible to us. As illumination opens our eyes to the mysteries of His Word, we are changed from glory to glory into His image and likeness. Glory to His name!

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, 
praying in the Holy Ghost."
(Jude 1:20)

"For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart."
(I Corinthians 2:16)

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